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peña lead all roads

All roads lead to La Peña

All roads lead to La Peña.

During the day thousands of pilgrims from all over the island go to the hermitage of Vega del Rio Palmas to honor the patron saint of Fuerteventura


From all corners of the island, majoreros, canaries and visitors take the roads to, following tradition, honor the patron saint. It is the most important recreational and religious festival in Fuerteventura is the one that is celebrated every year, on the third Saturday of September, in honor of the patron saint of all majoreros.

Throughout the day popular devotion and cultural traditions will be revealed.

The image of "La Peñita" as it is affectionately called on the island of Fuerteventura, is a masterpiece of small dimensions, it is a simple figure, 23 cm high with the Infante located on his knees. It is the smallest image among the island patron saints of the Canary Islands and was sculpted following the canons of French Gothic.

It is believed that it was brought from France by Juan de Béthencourt, and was found around 1443 in a small grotto at the foot of a rock or small mountain by San Diego de Alcalá and Fray Juan de Santorcaz, Franciscan friars who resided in the convent of Betancuria.

It is believed that the image could have been enthroned in the parish of Betancuria, from which it had to be saved and hidden when the pirate Xabán Arráez destroyed the Villa de Betancuria, to years later be discovered in the cave under the rock in the place known as Malpaso. Later around 1567, the carving would be transferred to the valley of the Vega de Río Palmas where it is currently venerated.

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link to Noticias for various articles on the subject
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